Medieval and Early Modern 1: From Medieval to Early Modern ENGLIT5091

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will examine key terms like 'medieval', 'early modern', 'Renaissance'. What are the continuities and discontinuities across the period 1350-1700? How do different disciplines address these questions? Other topics for discussion might include: Classical translations, medieval and early modern poetics, rhetorical and pedagogic culture, Biblical translations and readings, medieval and early modern genres (epic, dream vision, sonnet, elegy, allegory, etc.), word and image, medieval and early modern historiography, cultures of performance.


2 hour seminar, weekly across 10 weeks

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





One mid-term essay (1,000 words)  (20%)

One end of term essay (4,000 words) (80%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Encourage students to question period divisions between medieval and early modern.

■ Expose them to a wide range of historical and theoretical perspectives on the period.

■ Explore a number of key topics to help develop student's independent research interests.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Reflect critically on the historical and critical construction of the 'medieval' and 'early modern' as period markers.

■ Establish and defend their own distinct theoretical position as medievalists/early modernists.

■ Identify, develop, and defend a distinct research area/interest.

■ Write clearly, concisely, and with apposite historical and literary judgement on a range of primary texts.

■ Communicate their ideas effectively and succinctly to their peers.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.